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30 graduate from Evening High

June 02, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Just a few credits shy of graduating, Justin Holmes thought about dropping out of high school.

He went so far as to ask Washington County Evening High School Counselor Budd A. Moore for the paperwork.

"I told him no," Moore said. "I wasn't going to let a student with his potential drop out."

On Thursday night, Holmes, 18, was one of 30 seniors to graduate from Evening High, which serves at-risk youth. The ceremony was at Washington County Technical High School.

"Some of them have stumbled," said Carol Costello, coordinator of alternative programs and student services. "It has not been an easy road for many."

Holmes and Amy Joyce McKee were selected to speak during the ceremony. He said he planned to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Holmes said he doesn't yet know what he will study, but he also is interested in furthering his education.

"I like cooking," he said. "So, maybe I'd take some classes in that."

Laken Johnson, 18, of Williamsport, said she wasn't sure what to think just moments after receiving her diploma.

"It's good," she said. "I'm done with school."

Johnson said she most likely would start working, but will take some time off first.

Mark Crabill, 18, said he was feeling good about graduating, and was starting to think about his next step.

"I'll probably be a correctional officer," he said.

Aaron Morningstar, 18, of Hagerstown, said he was considering enlisting in the Air Force.

"We don't concentrate on what they can't do," Moore said. "We concentrate on what they can do."

Three students received scholarship money to further their education - McKee, Adam Kriner and Benjamin Smith.

Moore urged all graduates to be lifelong learners. Each was congratulated for overcoming some obstacle to graduation.

"When times were tough and things were not easy, they stuck with it," Costello said. "They persevered, and we are here to celebrate that tonight."

Jacqueline B. Fischer, Washington County Board of Education vice president, also spoke during the ceremony.

Graduates tossed their caps in the air and cheered as they were called the "Class of 2006."

"We need to have a reunion," Holmes said.

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